Blog Update: 24th April 2021

Hey everyone!

And welcome to the new look for A Little Haze Book Blog

I just got tired of the old colour scheme so thought I’d freshen things up.

Also, the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted my name change too… Well never fear it’s still the same Emer just with a more traditional Irish twist.

The name Emer is actually an anglicised version of Éimhear.

I originally decided to use the Emer spelling because I thought it would be easier for non-Irish people to pronounce. But it turns out that a lot of people still didn’t pronounce it correctly lol! I know of many people who pronounced the “Em” at the beginning of Emer akin to how the “Emm” sounds in the name Emma. However, Emer is actually pronounced with an emphasis on the first E so it’s like eee-mer (rhymes with dreamer, screamer, lemur etc etc.)

Recently I saw that the actress Thandwie Newton made a spelling change to her name (previously spelled Thandie). She decided to reclaim her true name and to no more have it be anglicised and it resonated with me.

I felt inspired.

I’ve wanted to use the Éimhear spelling for so long but wasn’t brave enough to change.

Well now I’m changing.

My name is Éimhear.

It is pronounced exactly the same as Emer, (rhyme it with dreamer etc.) and for those of you who have gotten used to using the Emer spelling that’s okay. I answer to both spellings!

But in case you’re wondering who this new Éimhear person commenting on your blog posts is, well it’s still little old me!

Much love to you all dear blogging friends

Éimhear xo

38 thoughts on “Blog Update: 24th April 2021

  1. How funny (but not) – when I read your reply on the more recent post I thought “what a cool name!” (though I was tentatively pronouncing it as either ‘I’m-ere’ or ‘aim-ere’) and little did I know how ‘new’ the spelling was. I’ve been working on unraveling back to, or reclaiming, who I’ve always been [before:______(insert your -ism here)], and your choices resonated with me as something akin to that 🙂

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    1. Well I could put a real spanner in the works and tell you that historically my name would have been pronounced in a whole other way! It would be a sharp A sound followed by the same ver sound as begins the word verse. So A-ver! It’s fascinating how language evolves over the years 😊😊😊

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  2. Loving the new look!! Totally get the point about name being pronounced wrong. My full name is almost always pronounced wrong and spelt wrong by most. Have also been called something totally different by some people because they couldn’t pronounce the short or long version 😂 and been called rude because I didn’t respond 🙄.

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    1. Thank you so much Mani!! 💖💖💖💖 I feel you, if you’re name doesn’t originate from the English language it just gets butchered at every angle!!! 😅😅😅 I just wish people could ask first because I don’t mind pronouncing it for anyone 😊😊😊

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    1. Oh I can imagine. It’s again with that v sound. When I looked into the origins of Emer I discovered that originally there would have been a fada on the first E and the mh sound in the middle would have been that v sound that catches out all the non-Irish people. So Éimhear would actually have been pronounced A-ver in the time of Fionn Mac Cumhaill! But I thought that’s too much for even me, I’ll still keep the sound that we’re used to 😊

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        1. Oh the séimhiú after the m was news to me too. I’d always used the Eimear spelling until my little bit of research. It is fascinating to see how the language has evolved over time isnt it. And I do indeed, most famous of all the Eimhears. I remember learning about her back in primary school.

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  3. I love the new color scheme and the fact that you’ve decided to reclaim the original spelling of your name, Eimhear! I am totally one of those people who would have pronounced the first “E” wrong anyway (😅), so I’m glad you decided to educate us and go back to your roots ❤ The Irish spelling looks so pretty! And I’m glad you’re proud of it, even if it might be unfamiliar to some people. From personal experience, I’d say most of them would probably be really interested in learning more about its background and do their best to pronounce it right – after all, all they have to do is ask you!

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    1. Haha thanks Naemi! It’s that h in the middle that throws everyone… and even originally the name would have been spelled Éimhear (a fada on the first E – fada being an Irish accent that alters the way you pronounce the letter) which would make it sound like A-Ver ….but even in Ireland that pronunciation is gone and many people drop the h to write it like Eimear. 💖💖💖

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